SVG College Sports Summit Technology Showcase Preview, Part 3

At SVG’s College Sports Summit, more than 40 sponsoring companies will be on hand to showcase their latest technologies geared toward the college market. Check out these companies, and many more, at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta on May 28 and 29.

ADORAMAAdorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging, and electronics retailers. Serving customers for more than 35 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for photography, video, audio, and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings include professional video and audio, while its services include pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company, and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free education for photographers in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

DiGiCo / Calrec Audio
Digico_CalrecDiGiCo will feature two new products:

Orange Box: DiGiCo’s compact 2U Orange Box, you can use DMI (DiGiCo Multichannel Interface) cards to create audio paths over whatever interface you desire. The Orange Box has 2 PSUs for redundancy, and 2 slots to accommodate any of DiGiCo’s ten different interfaces that allow you to convert pretty much any format to another. How? DiGiCo has Slot A and Slot B, let’s say you have MADI on your product, but you want to go to Calrec’s Hydra2. No problem, just buy a DMI with MADI, and a DMI with Hydra2, connect them up via the two slots, and away you go.

S21 Console: Main features: 40 Flexi Input Channels, 16 Flexi Aux / Sub-Group Busses, LR Master Bus, 10 x 8 Full Processing Matrix, 2 Solo, 4 Assignable Dynamic Equalizers, 4 Assignable DiGiTuBes, 4 Assignable Multiband Compressors, 8 Digital FX, 16 Assignable Graphic Equalizers, Optional Waves Integration, 96kHz Sample Rate, Optional (with DMI) Optics.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric
hitachiHitachi Kokusai Electric will showcase two of its recent cutting-edge, ruggedized broadcast cameras suitable for live sports production across indoor and outdoor locations.

Hitachi will show its SK-UHD4000, a multi-format studio and field production camera suitable for HD and 4K workflows,  that enables users to gradually transition to 4K as requirements evolve. The SK-UHD4000, which employs standard, 2/3-inch, bayonet-mount Broadcast Television Lenses, offers a pristine 4K image today, as well as the best 2K progressive images attainable with modern digital technology. Designed around the latest generation of CMOS sensors, the SK-UHD4000 maximizes quality, efficiency and cost of ownership through features such as Hitachi’s real-time lens aberration correction, exceptional signal-to-noise ratio, and low camera head power consumption.

The company will also showcase the Hitachi Z-HD5000, the company’s most economical, high-performance multi-function studio and field production camera for HDTV.  The Z-HD5000 features high sensitivity, high-resolution, low noise 2/3-inch, IT-CCDs, in a lightweight 2-piece dockable camera body that offers maximum re-configuration ability. A compact digital optical fiber CCU focuses on the specific needs of more modest sports production requirements, lowering overall system costs.

lawoLawo offers innovative IP-based audio, video, and network solutions for broadcast, radio, and live applications.  At this year’s College Sports Summit, the company will showcase the V__pro8 video processor which has become standard equipment for both studio and remote sports production. It delivers a complete, compact tool kit for managing eight 3G/HD/SD-SDI video feeds and two MADI streams, including frame synchronization, up/down/cross format and aspect ratio conversion, embedding/de-embedding with channel mapping, downmix, variable audio and video delays, quad-split monitoring, and a host of other capabilities. Multiple units are easily addressed and controlled via Ethernet with an HTML5-based user interface.

The company recently introduced its newest console offering all of the high quality audio performance and features of the company’s successful mc²56 console while pushing the envelope even further by doubling the fader count on the same footprint. Designed to be both easy to understand and intuitive to operate, the new mc²56XT delivers performance that combines the proven quality of Lawo consoles with an enhanced feature set that includes many advanced capabilities. The XT model can be configured with 48 to 144 faders arranged in a high-density dual fader layout, with further expansion achieved using 16 or 32 fader stand-alone extenders.

LiveU LogoFrom backpacks to smartphones, and satellite/cellular hybrid to external antenna solutions, LiveU offers a complete range of workflow solutions for live sports anytime, anywhere. This is why many universities trust LiveU for broadcasting games, press conferences, pre- and post-game shows and more. LiveU will present these solutions at SVG College Sports Summit (booth #108), including:

  • LU200 – This ultra-small newsgathering device offers colleges a highly attractive price, performance and form-factor for live video transmission. The LU200 opens new live coverage opportunities, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit. Weighing just over 1lb (500g), the LU200 is available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration. A new encoder-only version of the device, LU200e, is the most cost-effective contribution video encoder on the market, enabling streaming for web distribution, point to point, and point to multipoint for a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
  • LU500 – The ultimate combination of high-performance and portability for cellular uplink, and four-time Best Product award winner in 2014. The LU500 benefits from a small form-factor combined with exceptional functionality. Weighing approximately 2.2lbs (1kg), the unit is powered by LiveU’s new multi-processor, video encoding engine and fourth-generation patented bonding algorithms, with up to 13 network connections.
  • LiveU MultiPoint – LiveU’s second-generation internal and cross-organizational IP video distribution service allows for distribution of video with minimal delay for up to 100 concurrent destinations via the LiveU cloud distribution server, without requiring additional bandwidth at the point of origin. Using MultiPoint customers can send high-quality video regardless of the type of Internet connection available at the points of origin or destination. The cloud-based MultiPoint service is seamlessly integrated into LiveU’s unified management platform, LiveU Central, so broadcasters can share incoming live feeds simultaneously with multiple end-points over the Internet from within the same interface they are accustomed to.

loggoOrad’s innovative TD Control is the first live Production control system that can deliver everything your creative team can imagine. TD Control can manage simultaneously multiple video displays of any layout, orientation, resolution, size, and aspect ratio using Orad’s unique canvases mapping and pixel base router and without the need of external processing. The video displays can be assigned with live videos, images, internal clips, web content, and real-time 3D graphics.  TD Control is an idea solution for sports venues as it provides unmatched capabilities for realtime 3D graphics and live data integration. The system can easily integrate with existing live production control room systems.

Orad will also be presenting PlayMaker, its next generation sports replay server. PlayMaker provides up to 8 I/O channels of high quality ingest in multiple video formats, with synchronized slow motion replay, and powerful yet simple editing tools. PlayMaker has been enhanced to include studio mode, a dedicated workflow for highlight editing of multiple playlists from various incoming feeds, and FlexFX for real-time video effects and 3D graphic transitions for sports highlights, integrated into PlayMaker’s workflow.

PrintStorNext 5 end-to-end workflow storage solutions deliver confidence to meet the growing needs of demanding sports production. With the power of StorNext 5, production teams can easily edit, prepare, and deliver finished projects, by accessing files when and where they need them, regardless of size and without fear of slowdowns or dropped frames.

StorNext 5 also helps sports content owners monetize existing assets to extend their value beyond initial delivery, through tight integration with asset managers, intelligent management. Quantum also offers a full range of archive storage options, from tape-based StorNext AEL Archives to object storage-based Lattus to cloud-based Q-Cloud Archive.

At College Sports Summit, Quantum will highlight its StorNext Pro Solutions for sports workflows, including StorNext Pro Foundation for collaboration for small workgroups, StorNext Pro 4K for workflows making the move to 4K, and StorNext Pro Production for large-scale collaboration and content monetization.

RT Software
RT SoftwareRT Software announced 4K support on all products a while back – but for the SVG College Sports Summit, the company has something special in the bag. RT will be demonstrating a new 4K video stitch solution on the booth. Dubbed “tOG-Vista”, the live production stitch solution uses two low-cost static UHD 4K cameras to create a 7680 x 2160 pixel canvas within which two concurrent operators can control two live HD “virtual cameras” for TX. RT’s 4K products have already been proven in test transmissions in the UK.

Graphics solutions for the big sports shows and events continues to be an  area in which RT Software dominates. If you are involved in sports studio shows then virtual studio or augmented graphics are likely to be on your agenda – and you need to see how our new generation of rendering based around PBR adds a truly life like quality. For live sports our new luminance keyer means we can add virtual advertising that is indistinguishable from the traditional painted on approach. Plus of course we will be able to show you the latest features in our proven telestration and analysis solutions.

CLICK HERE for Part 1 and HERE for Part 2 of the SVG College Sports Summit Technology Preview series.

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